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Volia (Ukrainian: Воля; meaning freedom) is a Ukrainian political party registered in 2010 that in April 2017 merged with Movement of New Forces.[1][2]

HistoryEdit

In August 2009 the party was created under the name "Party of Ukrainian youth" (Ukrainian: Партія української молоді).[2][3]

In June 2014 Verkhovna Rada MP Yury Derevyanko was a member of the party.[2] Derevyanko was one of the authors of the law on lustration in Ukraine.[4] In June 2014 it appeared that Viktoria Siumar would lead the party; but she joined People's Front soon after.[2][5]

The party participated in the 2014 elections to the Verkhovna Rada.[2][6] In this election candidates of Volia were included in the election list of Self Reliance (one of its members on the party list of People's Front[7]) and the party ran independent in constituencies (with a first-past-the-post electoral system in one round (candidate with the highest vote total wins)).[6][7][8][9][10] This way the party won 1 parliamentary seat when Derevyanko won single-member districts number 87 (first-past-the-post wins a parliament seat) located in Nadvirna.[11] He won a parliamentary seat by winning this constituency with 69.67% of the votes.[11] Following the election Derevyanko stated the party would starts its own parliamentary group to defend its “principles, values and political promises”; because of this other elected (into parliament) members left the party on 9 November 2014.[7] However, no such faction was created.[12][13] But in parliament Volia did end its collaboration with Self Reliance due to "unsatisfactory cooperation".[1]

In April 2017 the party merged with Movement of New Forces.[1]

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